Reciever that can output Dolby virtual speaker?

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  1. bulldoze

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    I am looking for a reciever at the moment and one of the features I would like is to output Dolby Virtual speaker so that I can move into my new house and not upset the missus straight away by filling the room with surround speakers! I would like to have a virtual surround from 2 speakers for a couple of months before I can introduce a proper setup later on by stealth :)

    Does a denon 1906 have this? I cannot find it on any spec list, or does anybody know a reciever that can?
     
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    Closest thing is Phantom speaker to imitate a centre speaker. But thats not the same ofcourse.

    Bearing in mind these amp's are designed to be used with 5.1+ speakers, it's fair to say it would be kinda pointless to add the feature, money better spent elsewhere.

    As far as i know this is reserved for TV's and maybe some cheap home mini systems.
     
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    I've only seen it on teles.
    I'm assuming you're talking about virtual surround??
    It's rubbish, IMO and I really wouldn't bother mate.
     
  4. Carl Stock

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    Hi, bulldoze. :)

    If you already have a receiver, you could try using Dolby 3-Stereo on it if it has that feature. That will give you the three front channels – or a phantom centre channel plus left and right channels if you do not currently have a centre speaker – but it will not provide rear channels at all.


    There is a ‘speaker’ – which is really an AV receiver, too – from Yamaha that does the job of lots of speakers:

    http://www.yamaha-uk.com/sound_projectors/?product_id=115

    I’ve no idea how good it is, though! There is a bigger model, too. However, you probably may not want this anyway, especially if you already have an AV receiver.

    Another suggestion would be to look now for satellite speakers plus a large(ish) subwoofer. It is possible to get decent sound – with plenty of punch – from small(ish) speakers. What about Mordaunt-Short’s Genie?

    http://www.mordaunt-short.co.uk/ranges.php?RAID=6

    Or how about Mission M-Cube?

    http://www.mission-cube.com/

    The M-Cubes look pretty small and are available in a range of different finishes, which may sway a certain person… ;) Other forum members may be able to provide advice and have experience of more ‘room-friendly’ speakers. They are some posts of satellite speakers here. The Genies and M-Cubes obviously need a separate AV receiver, whereas the Yamahas above do it all.

    I can understand the annoyance with large speakers for surround setups, and it would be great to have really small speakers that really work. Have a look at the above. :)

    Regards,

    Carl :)


     
  5. bulldoze

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    Thanks for the help, I guess I will have to wait till I can find a way of making the speakers look good (and hide the cable!) or look at the Yamaha

    Cheers.
     
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    As far as I remember, these virtual surround gimmicks were found often in Aiwa all-in-one systems such as the NSX series etc.

    I used to own one and it would project a more distant sound-stage using extra 3 drivers built into the top of each main speaker.

    It was rather artificial though.

    One solution is Yamaha do Sound-projectors (YSP1 etc) that is essentialliy a wide centre-speaker unit containing many speakers inside. It would reflect sound off walls and ceiling and give an apparently decent surround sound setup with excellent missus-factor.

    Hope this helps.

    Dan.
     

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